At the beginning of each day, the programme will identify the “grace desired,” always following the Ignatian method, Those graces desired give us valuable indications of the spirit that animates the whole session. They are the following:
• That we may be open to seeing, discerning and interiorizing the lights and shadows of our times, and to understanding the impact that major socio-political trends are having on our world and on our educational ministry.
• That we may grow in gratitude for and appreciation of the gift of our Ignatian tradition as it has taken form in the ministry of Jesuit education.
• That we may become increasingly aware of the importance of fostering the experience of transcendence (the experience of God) in the life of the children, adolescents, and young adults involved in our educational endeavors.
• That we may become increasingly aware that our educational ministries need to be instruments of change for the betterment of this world, and that each person needs to become sensitive to this divine call and capable of responding to it generously.
• As we consider and ponder the recent Vatican Instruction, “The Identity of the Catholic School for a Culture of Dialogue”, we ask the Spirit of God to inspire in us peace, hope and love, and to grant us a genuine “Sentire cum Ecclesia”, a sense of close communion with the Church.
Throughout the week, we are all invited to accompany Father General and his Counselors through prayer.